The Government has issued guidance to estate agents, buyers and sellers that more activity should be done online if possible.
The new guideline document states “The process of finding and moving into a new home will need to be different given those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that the risk of spread of Coronavirus is reduced as far as possible”
This ‘new normal’ will including much of the home seeking and viewing process taken online, including virtual initial viewings. The document also states that “We encourage people to do the majority of their property searching online … To support this agents may ask home occupiers to conduct virtual viewings.”
In relation to new-build property sales it advises: “Where possible, developers should promote virtual viewings.”
And for conveyancers the guidance says: “Conveyancing should aim to conduct as much of their business remotely as possible.
The rest of the guidance concerns social distancing, surface-cleaning and hand-washing, including agents being requested to avoid contact with clients showing symptoms or having been advised to self-isolate, appointment viewing systems, stopping open-house viewings, enforcing 2m social distancing between individuals, clients making their own way to appointments, providing hand sanitising facilities and increasing ventilation by keeping all internal doors open during viewings.
At Newton Letting we will be undertaking all relevant changes to our business practices to adhere to the new rules that will come into force here in Scotland.